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Public-private partnerships may gain traction in water infrastructure

Political momentum appears to be building behind the need to construct and repair critical American infrastructure, including water and wastewater projects, and has renewed interest in using public-private partnerships (PPPs)...more

Nueva ordenanza propuesta para facilitar el transporte público en el sur de Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Con frecuencia, los sistemas de transporte público regionales se ven perjudicados por los desafíos que supone la obtención de permisos asociados con la construcción en varias ciudades, cada una con sus propias prioridades,...more

New Ordinance Proposed to Facilitate Mass Transit in South Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Regional mass-transit systems are often plagued by the permitting challenges associated with construction in multiple cities, each with its own priorities, regulations, and permitting processes. For example, the cost of the...more

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships in Arkansas: The Road to P3s in the Natural State

Over the last several years, the federal government has promoted public-private partnerships (“P3s”) as one way to address the dire need for American infrastructure investment. States agree. For example, last year in...more

O’Hare Express Train Showcases the Viability of P3s for Mass Transit

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Wednesday, the City of Chicago selected two finalists in its procurement process for the planned O’Hare Express, a mass transit system that will connect downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport within 20...more

Northern Lights Express Proposed Passenger Rail Service Receives Federal Environmental Approval

by Nossaman LLP on

The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal...more

Contract Awarded for GO Transit Improvements in Scarborough and Unionville

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded a fixed-price design-build-finance $245.5 million contract to upgrade Agincourt, Milliken, and Unionville GO stations on the Stouffville GO corridor. ...more

White House Releases New Infrastructure Framework

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released its “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” proposing a legislative framework for the nation’s infrastructure needs. Key components of the proposed...more

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released - Details Local Agencies Need are Included

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Today, the White House released a legislative outline that, for the first time, provides details on the $1.5 trillion infrastructure package discussed by President Trump in recent weeks. ...more

White House Unveils Infrastructure Plan: Funding Questions Remain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The American Infrastructure Initiative (infrastructure plan) released by the White House last week aims to stimulate more than $1.5 trillion in new investment over the next decade, shorten the process for approving projects,...more

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know - The State of the Union Address and a...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address last night, he touched on infrastructure by discussing a proposed plan to direct at least $1.5 trillion toward infrastructure investment over the next decade. To...more

Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

White House Releases Roadmap for Nation’s Infrastructure; Congress Takes the Wheel

by Nossaman LLP on

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure proposal to Congress this morning, along with the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. While elements have been hinted at and leaked before, the 55-page...more

New Funding Source for Mass Transit under the SMART Plan

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We have previously written about the need for new funding solutions for public transportation, including mechanisms that capture the added value of mass transit on adjacent properties. ...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

Tax Reform Establishes Municipal Opportunity Zones for Investment

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Included in the recently enacted federal tax reform legislation is the Investing in Opportunity Act (the “Act”) which establishes the Opportunity Zones Program (the “Program”). The Program aims to spur private investment in...more

A Path to Federal P3s for Infrastructure? ABA Subcommittee Suggests Changes to OMB Budgetary Scoring

by Nossaman LLP on

Much has already been said already about President Trump’s call to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” in his first State of the Union address. The President asked Congress to advance a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan...more

Tennessee Father Produces Video for Trump – To Change Dangerous Guardrail Ends

In 1995, I recall being given the opportunity to help Billy Hungerford; who was horrifically and tragically injured as a result of a defective guardrail. Since that time my law firm has handled injuries from defective guard...more

State Grants Two Year CEQA Streamlining Extension for “Environmental Leadership Projects”

On October 6, 2017, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 246, extending certain CEQA litigation streamlining provisions under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (the Act) for...more

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

by Nossaman LLP on

Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality,...more

Condado Miami-Dade adopta nueva legislación P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Hemos escrito con anterioridad sobre la nueva legislación P3 propuesta del condado de Miami-Dade, tanto cuando se propuso inicialmente como antes de ponerse bajo consideración del subcomité de la jurisdicción, el Comité de...more

Contratos gubernamentales locales y leyes de compra estadounidense

by Bilzin Sumberg on

En abril de 2018, el presidente Trump emitió un decreto ejecutivo que pide controles más estrictos de las leyes federales de “Compra Estadounidense” (Buy American). Estas leyes han estado en los libros por varias décadas y,...more

New York MTA Approves $1.8B Design-Build Contract for the Long Island Railroad Expansion Project

by Nossaman LLP on

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (NYMTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion expansion project for another important milestone in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s, comprehensive, interconnected plan to improve...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New P3 Legislation

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We previously wrote about Miami-Dade County’s proposed new P3 legislation, both when it was initially proposed, and prior to it being considered by the subcommittee of jurisdiction, the Government Operations Committee....more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 8, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected two challenges to the 20-mile South Mountain Freeway Project in Phoenix, Arizona. The decision is the latest in a series of court decisions...more

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